RSN prospectus July 2012 by 016AH4B


									                   Registered Charity No. 295572

         ‘Where play and learning
            go hand in hand!’

Methodist Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1XS
                   Telephone 07749 744 783
                   (Registered Charity No. 295572)
                                         About Rose Street Nursery

Rose Street Nursery was formed in 1967 by a group of mothers from the Methodist Church and was one of the
first in the Wokingham area. Although not an official church organisation, we do enjoy a close co-operation with
them. Our group is committee run, members of which are elected annually at the AGM, held in September each
year. The committee appoints the staff who are responsible for all the children in their care and the day to day
smooth running of the Nursery. We have been a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (formerly the
PPA) from the very beginning. We are a non-profit making organisation and we try to keep our fees and
expenses as low as possible.

The Nursery meets at the Bradbury Community Centre from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30 pm-term time
only. Terms and holidays correspond closely with the local schools. We are registered with Ofsted for 25
children per session, aged between 2 to 5 years. We hold a Lunch Club from 12.30pm until 1.30pm, subject to
sufficient numbers.

We are registered with Ofsted and are regularly inspected by them; this is also supplemented by visits and
ongoing support from an appointed Early Years advisor. A copy of our certificate of registration is displayed on
the notice board, along with a copy of our Insurance Certificate.

At Rose Street Nursery we are committed to providing a high level of care and learning. We ensure every child
is treated fairly, we believe every child is unique. We provide for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory
practice ensuring every child is not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language,
family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or age. We welcome children that may have
additional needs (special educational needs, disabilities) and ensure that all children have equal opportunity to
our nursery facilities, resources and curriculum. We will ensure that appropriate support is available for every
child in our care.

                                    At Rose Street Nursery we aim to…

    Create a secure, happy, caring and stimulating environment focusing on individual children, their
     families and the community with the child at the centre of everything we do.

    Promote the equality of opportunity for all children, encouraging respect and tolerance for different
     cultures, beliefs, religion, gender and ability. Every child is unique.

    Offer a rich and varied program of curricular activities encompassing The Early Years Foundation Stage
     Framework in everything we do.

    Give each child the opportunity to achieve his\her full potential in all areas of nursery life, recognizing
     and celebrating individual abilities, strengths and achievements.

    Promote children’s self esteem, independence, self discipline and a respect for others and their

    Help children discover their talents, interests and passions.

    Use inspiring, energetic and varied teaching methods and resources to stimulate children’s enjoyment
     and creativity.

    Encourage children to try new things and to respond with confidence thus giving them the opportunity to
     experience success.

    Embrace change and challenge.

    Strive for continuous improvement in all that we do.
                                                The Staff Team

Nursery Manager: Michelle Hodgetts.
Holder of: NNEB Diploma, Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education (ADCE), D32 & D33 Assessor
Certificate, Foundation Degree in Supporting Early Years Development and Learning, BA (Hons) Children’s
Development and Learning and awarded Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

At Rose Street Nursery we ensure that the specific legal requirements for ratios of adults to children are
adhered to. For those children aged two there is one member of staff for every four children. For those
children who are aged three and over there is one member of staff for every eight children. Wherever possible
the nursery will have more staff on duty than required exceeding the adult to child ratios. The team work
efficiently together to provide quality nursery education and care and comprises of Early Years Practitioners
appropriately trained in child development and early childhood education.             The team have regular
staff\planning meetings and endeavour to provide a high level of care for the children. The staff’s professional
development is an important consideration and regular training courses are promoted as well as ongoing
support, mentoring and dialogue. All the staff have gone through a rigorous process of having their references
checked prior to starting at the nursery and have obtained enhanced police checks. All practitioners have an
up-to-date understanding of safeguarding issues and implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure

A key person approach is operational at the nursery. Members of staff who make up the Rose Street team are
allocated key person children. A key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of
children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents.
Parents will be introduced to the member of staff who is primarily responsible for their child’s support during the
settling in stage at nursery. It is the responsibility of each key person to monitor, support, observe and
document their children’s progress and development. However, as a team it will be necessary for all staff to
have understanding of all the children who attend the nursery. Meetings, planning sessions, sharing
information, concerns and other relevant issues will be raised regularly. This sharing of information will enable
each child’s individual needs to be met. Key person groups will be regularly assessed for their efficiency by the
Nursery Manager who overseas this provision. Key persons may be subject to change, e.g.: - should a
member of staff leave. Any changes will be discussed with parents and will be undertaken as quickly as
possible, a smooth transition is promoted.

                                        What do we offer your child?

The philosophy of Rose Street Nursery is to ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued. The
nursery environment is a homely one where children feel relaxed, confident, safe, supported and encouraged if
needed. When children are confident in their environment they are willing to try things out. We believe that an
environment should be warm and accepting of everyone. Staff members empathise with children and support
their emotions. When children’s physical and emotional needs are met they are more ready to take advantage
of the play and learning opportunities on offer.

Learning and play work hand in hand and at Rose Street Nursery, we recognise the importance of providing
exciting opportunities for all children to help them make progress in their development and learning. Play
underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some
may need adult support, and it is through play they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and
emotionally. Providing well-planned experiences based on a children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and
outdoors, is an important way in which practitioners support young children to learn with enjoyment and
challenge. Our aim is to provide every child with play opportunities as well as being a play partner if needed.
Learning is very much geared for each individual child at a pace that suits them.

The learning environment is planned and organised to provide the children with rich, varied and stimulating
experiences both in indoor and outdoor spaces. Its structure enables each child to have the confidence to
explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves, thus enabling them to learn, develop and
progress. The environment supports every child’s learning through planned experiences and activities that are

challenging but achievable too. The setting itself is interesting, bright and varied. We regularly display the
children’s own creations, photographs and interesting pieces of art.

Each child whilst at the nursery can enjoy and experience a range of activities focused around the child.
Enjoyment is promoted where each child can have the opportunity to encounter new challenges and
experiences. A varied selection of activities is always available for children to actively explore and develop
new skills as well as practicing and developing existing ones. We constantly review our provisions and rotate
and introduce new equipment wherever possible.

We offer a range of resources such as sand and water-play, painting, creative, messy/tactile play, construction,
design and technology, ICT, fine motor and small world activities. Children are able to access books
independently and there are many opportunities available within the nursery environment for practicing and
refining their ‘mark-making’ skills such as a free art trolley and paint and chalk easels. We have a role-play area
where children can develop their imaginative play and explore their own emotions as well as be aware of others
and learn to play together.

The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led and small group activities. Every session
there is time for circle-time/recall time the children have an opportunity not only to engage in a social
opportunity but to express ideas, feelings and share experiences with others if they choose to. It is a time
where social skills can be developed, co-operation and turn-taking can be encouraged – see the enclosed
routine for an example of our typical nursery session. Again this is not rigid and every effort is made by the
team to offer diverse experiences/opportunities. During each nursery session time is spent promoting children’s
speaking and listening skills as well as preparing them for the teaching and learning of reading and writing. The
nursery supports a child’s learning and develops these vital skills using a wide variety of activities. A phonics
programme called Letters and Sounds-Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics is used during each
session. Jolly Phonics is also in cooperated within the planning. Details of both of these will be available when
a child starts the setting and parents/carers will be kept regular updated of their child’s learning experiences.

We also promote each child’s development through movement and physical activity. With adult support, if
needed, children learn to use scissors and modeling tools with increasing dexterity aiding the development of
the fine motor skills necessary for eventual transition to writing. The children have the opportunity for engaging
in lots of physical play inside and outside such as running, jumping, hopping, skipping, balancing, dancing and
free movement. The children take part in music and movement sessions, drama sessions and are given
opportunity to use a wide variety of games and sports equipment which promotes and develop children’s gross
motor skills, mobility, co-ordination and awareness of space. A secure courtyard garden can be found in the
midst of the Bradbury Centre. This provides a very attractive area for the children to play and it is a wonderful
opportunity for every child to enjoy outdoor experiences throughout all seasons. Outdoor activities contribute to
children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.

As well as developing the children’s sense of belonging within the nursery itself, we also promote involvement
within the wider community. Outings are organized on a regular basis such as to the library and the park. We
also invite visitors into our nursery such as police officers and guide dogs. We welcome parents, carers or
family members who have a particular interest or area of expertise and are willing to come and share their
knowledge and skills with the children. Throughout the year there are various exciting and fun events
organised such as the annual Easter Bonnet Parade, themed play and stay sessions, Christmas Party and
Christmas Concert.

We never forget that each child is a growing individual who we respect and encourage to develop at their own
pace with ongoing praise and encouragement. We wish for every child in our care to develop self confidence,
respect for others, independence, and an inquisitive mind and continue to enjoy learning and achieving.

                                The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was
developed with a number of early years experts and parents. The EYFS Framework came into force in
September 2008 and provided a statutory framework for providing learning, development and care for children
from birth to five. In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on
the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child
develop. The guidance and legal requirements in the EYFS helps children receive a high quality experience
within the settings they attend. At Rose Street Nursery we are committed to providing the EYFS framework.

The EYFS sets out:
    The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your
      child safe and promote their welfare

      The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s
       play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.

      Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.

      Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.

      Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these
       expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”

There is also guidance for the professionals supporting your child on planning the learning activities, and
observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing. The EYFS Framework explains
how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills,
acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

      Communication and language;

      Physical development; and

      Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

      Literacy;

      Mathematics;

      Understanding the world; and

      Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting
your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a
curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be
really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by
playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors
and outside.
If you require further information about the EYFS framework please speak to the Nursery Manager-do ask as
many questions as you need to. You can find information relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage which
includes the early learning goals at: The foundation years website also includes a
range of resources and contacts.

                                                Record Keeping

Each staff member is responsible for compiling their key person children’s developmental profile which is known
as a learning journey. They can add to other children’s profiles as well. Each key person understands that
learning is a continuous journey through which children build on all the things they have already experienced
and come across new and interesting challenges. Every child’s learning journey takes a personal path based
on their own individual interests. The profiles are for every child who attends the setting. They are formulated
by Wokingham District Council and will chart your child’s developmental levels\progress\achievements and
other relevant notes. They are in line with The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. When your child
starts nursery they will immediately have a learning journey started which will be kept updated until they leave.

Observations are a vital part of this process and these will be carefully collated. Photographs, children’s own
pictures, records of achievement and notes will all form the basis of ongoing record keeping. Parents are also
encouraged to contribute to this process, sharing information about their child. Any agreed conversations
between staff and parents can be included. The children’s own input is also encouraged and fully incorporated
in their learning journey. Regular parent meetings are promoted as a way of sharing information which will
greatly enhance this important provision - these meetings will be scheduled once a term at a time agreed in
advance. However, parents can ask to talk to a member of staff at anytime - any questions, queries, concerns
or the passing on of information is encouraged – this is a two way process as staff will also pass on relevant
information, thus strengthening the resolve of the nursery to fully support families with the child’s individual
needs paramount.

On leaving the nursery your child’s profiles will be passed to the relevant location such as school or another
nursery, either directly or at an exchange meeting. Parents can request to see their child’s records at anytime
and can contribute when and wherever possible. This extensive process is extremely important as information
collected aid our understanding of the needs of each child, enabling us to provide the care they need. Record
keeping is an essential part of complying with funding regulations. It is because of this that the nursery may be
subject to a moderation inspection where our records are carefully analysed. This may be carried out at certain
intervals with notifications being issued by the Early Years department. It is a good way to obtain clarification
and guidance on any changes that may have occurred with the format of records that are kept.

                                 How Parents are involved in the nursery

Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. Every member of
staff sees themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child. We believe that
parents and families are central to the well-being of a child and for that reason we aim to build positive
relationships with parents and carers in order to work effectively with them and their children. When parents
and practitioners work together in early year’s settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s
development and learning. This continues to be the case at Rose Street Nursery.

All parents have rights from the onset of enrolling their child at the nursery. These include a right to be:

          Valued and respected
          Kept informed
          Consulted
          Involved; and
          Included in the life of Rose Street Nursery

There are many ways in which parents/carers take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place
for everyone, such as:
          exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs , activities, interests and progress with the staff
          helping at sessions of the setting
          sharing their own special interests with the children
          being part of the management of the setting by joining the committee
          taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the
          joining in community activities in which the setting takes part
          building friendships with other parents in the setting

The nursery has two notice boards in our lobby. Please look at these regularly as they display important
information. We also have a website which is updated with relevant information on a regular basis; this can be
found at The Nursery Manager also sends out nursery newsletters updating
you of many relevant issues. Other correspondence is sent out as required – this is an important link between
nursery and home.

    Parent Helper Rota

Children thrive when their parents are actively involved in their early education and learning experiences. We
operate a rota helper system and ask that each family come in and help during at least 2 Nursery sessions per
term. Siblings are welcome; we ask that all parents/carers ensure additional children are supervised.

The rota is displayed on the notice board. By being a helper a parent has the opportunity to observe their child
whilst at nursery and join in with activities, it is a time to get a glimpse nursery life and help the children get the
best out of their activities. The children really enjoy their interaction with rota helpers and we also hope you will
find your rota session an enjoyable experience. It is a special day for your child when you are there to help and
the staffs very much value your time and assistance.

    The Parent Committee

Our nursery is run by a parent committee that meets about every 6 weeks to discuss various matters relating to
nursery, such as the children’s activities, fundraising, finances, advertising and staffing matters. The parent
committee are a fun group, the meetings are relaxed and informal, and being on committee can provide some
good experience in running a small organisation. Joining the committee gives you an insight, and a say, in the
way the nursery is run, and could even provide some good experience for your CV (e.g. experience in
bookkeeping, recruitment processes, etc).

All /carers or guardians of children who attend Rose Street Nursery are Members of the nursery and you are
invited under Pre-School Learning Alliance guidelines to Committee meetings and to join the committee-see the
notice board for dates, times and meeting notes. We welcome any new ideas and offers of help at any time.
Getting involved is a great opportunity to get to know other parents and develop friendships. All Members are
eligible to join the committee, and there are up to 12 places. The committee is re-elected annually at the
Annual General Meeting (AGM) – in September. Committee members are elected for a term of one year,
although it is possible to resign mid-year. After the committee members have been elected at the AGM, the key
committee posts (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) are then chosen by the committee. As well as the three main
posts we also have general members who are involved in a variety of activities including fundraising, IT support,
CRB administration, Human Resources support and more. The nursery cannot operate without a Committee.

It is because Rose Street Nursery is a charity, that fund-raising is an essential part of our activities. This
enables us to update and renew equipment. Various events are held throughout the year and we hope parents
will take part in some or all of them. We also depend upon these efforts to keep fees as low as possible and to
subsidise the children’s outings and parties. Please help by doing your share to keep our nursery thriving.

Parent Committee Chairperson: Rachel Burgess

                                         Following your initial enquiry
After your initial enquiry requesting a prospectus it is strongly recommended that a visit to the nursery will be
very beneficial if one has not already taken place.

We do operate an open door policy and welcome visitors into the nursery. You are also welcome to telephone
the Nursery Manager, on 07749 744 783 between 9am-5pm, to make an appointment.

During the show round process you will be informed of relevant details as well as being given an opportunity to
see the nursery environment first hand - any queries or questions can be raised during this time. A registration
form is given out which once obtained by the nursery will enable your child to be placed on the nursery waiting
list – the administration charge for this is £20.00 which is non returnable. Registration forms can also be posted
to you if you request one.

All efforts will be made to accommodate your child as soon as a place becomes available, although numbers
are limited we endeavour to process your registration and offer you a place as soon as we can. We ask
parents for half a terms notice so that we can be aware of spaces becoming available so that new places can
be offered. The Manager is very happy to discuss the availability of places when asked. As soon as a place is
available you will be contacted immediately by telephone and then this will be confirmed in writing. Your initial
requested sessions are obviously our priority; we endeavour to honour these to the best of our ability.

In order for you and your child to get a feel for the nursery we offer free pre-trial session(s) where each child is
given the opportunity to stay and join in with session(s) along with their parent\carer. Children’s individual
needs are taken into consideration, we are fully aware that some may need more than one session. This
process is extremely important as the team are very aware of the extra support and care that new children need
to ensure that they have every opportunity to settle in their new surroundings. Their happiness and your peace
of mind are paramount and we strive for a safe, happy, relaxed and stimulating environment. A waiting area is
also available near to the play room which is a good way of allowing your child to play and if needed you can
return to offer support to you child. Staff members will relay to you how they feel the settling in period is going.
We also will ask you to give any relevant information which will aid the transition process, good communication
from both sides is important in this. A “welcome pack” will be given to you at this stage containing information
about the nursery and important paperwork is enclosed which will be kept on file for each child who attends the

During the first official session it may be necessary for the child’s parent/carer to be available for support at this
time; again the waiting area can be used if needed.

Internal waiting lists are also in operation and parents that already have a child that attends Rose Street
Nursery often ask for permanent extra sessions, these requests are also dealt with as quickly as possible and
parents kept fully aware of how their requests are being processed.

                                            Fees and contributions

    Unfunded Children

Current fee           9.30-12.30pm- £14.00

Invoices are sent out to parents of unfunded children every half term and we ask that payment is made within
two weeks. If parents are experiencing difficulties with payments, please speak in confidence to the Nursery
Manager and alternative arrangements can be made.

Please note, in accordance with our admissions policy, a half term’s notice is required if parents/carers
wish to withdraw their child from Nursery other than to attend school. If this notice period is not given
for unfunded children, fees will be charged in lieu of notice. A half term’s notice is also required if
parents/carers wish to reduce their child’s sessions. If this notice period is not given for unfunded
children, we reserve the right to charge the amount that has been invoiced.

    Funded 3 and 4 year olds

Parental contribution 9.30-12.30pm-£1.50

From the term after a child’s third birthday until they are of statutory school age, children are entitled to 15 hours
of free early learning for 38 weeks of the year.

This funding covers the rent and a large part of the staff’s wages. However, beyond this the nursery is
expected to raise its own funds. We therefore ask parents of funded children to make a contribution of £1.50
per session. This is not mandatory. As a not-for-profit charity the contributions received from parents enable
us to ensure that the nursery can continue to operate in the future providing quality care and education for
every child who attends. The money generated enables us to update and renew equipment and resources for
the children and to subsidise the children’s parties and outings. It also contributes to salaries. The dedicated
staff team is paid a fair and competitive rate of pay. We believe strongly in providing ongoing professional
development and funding training is a crucial part of our ongoing success.

To parents of funded children we send out a note of the suggested parental contribution based on the number
of sessions the child will attend that half term.

    Funded childcare places for 2 year olds

From September 2009 to March 2011 Wokingham Borough participated in a government pilot project providing
some 2 year olds from economically disadvantaged families access to free early learning and childcare linked
with family support and outreach for their families. Rose Street Nursery was proud to be included in this pilot. It
has been decided that this scheme will continue in Wokingham, with some minor amendments. Funding can
only be paid to a childcare provider (Network Childminder, Pre-school or Day nursery) who is approved to
participate in this scheme. Rose Street Nursery fully supports the scheme and is approved to participate in it.

The funding is for up to 15 hours per week, 38 weeks a year, term time only. It starts the term after the child’s
second birthday and will continue until they become eligible for the Free Entitlement. For more information on
the eligibility criteria please refer to

    Lunch club (all children) 12.30-1.30pm

       Payment half-termly in advance- £4.00 per session
       Pay as you go (on this day)-£4.50 per session

Note: If paying fees or a contribution by cheque please make payable to Rose Street Nursery.

                              “Where play and learning go hand in hand.”

                                     A Typical Nursery Session

9.30am            Children arrive – Welcomed. Register taken on arrival. Each child can collect
                  their name card for “who’s in today” board. Coats put on named peg.
                  Child-initiated time – range of activities available:
                  Imaginative play                 Tactile/sensory experiences, e.g.-sand/water
                  Role play area                   Mark making/art areas
                  Construction play                Fine manipulative play
                  Maths/science                    Puzzles and games
                  Book/language/story area         Design and technology/ICT

              Each child is encouraged to access above activities, adult support and supervision
              is available if needed but the emphasis is very much on the child engaging in free
              choice and play. See planning for details or speak to your child’s key person.
11.05am       Tidy up time, staff and children join together for this.
11.10am       Literacy time-adult led
              It is a short session encouraging children of a variety of ages to develop
              listening/communication skills as well as promoting social/emotional development.
              Each child has the opportunity to learn and develop vital literacy skills in a fun, no
              pressure environment. The learning of reading and writing is promoted at this
              time using a wide variety of activities.
11.25am       Snack time. Another social time. Children have the opportunity to pour
              milk\water for themselves (help given if needed). Fruit/vegetables they have
              bought in, which they have the opportunity to prepare, can be shared with their
              friends. Children given the time to enjoy themselves and are not rushed.
              Throughout session a water table is available for free access for all children and
              situated in play room within easy access.
11.40am       Group discussions\ circle time
11.45am-      Garden time-all children have opportunity to play in the Bradbury centre garden
12.25pm       going outside in their groups.
              Small group activities-Adult led. Topic/themes introduced or other interesting
              activities, eg- physical play e.g. gym session/musical instruments. Story
              opportunities – these are planned in advance but again may be subject to change.
12.25-12.30pm Getting ready to go home – nursery leaving song.
12.30pm       Going home time for children not attending Lunch Club.
12.30-1.30pm  Lunch Club ( please discuss availability with the Manager)

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The Rose Street Nursery routine is not rigid and may be subject to change as everyday offers
different learning and play opportunities. Outdoor play is available every session.

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